“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”- Obama’s Billion Dollar Trip Raises the Bar of Government Excess


I remember watching the show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” as a kid during the mid-eighties. The host, Robin Leach, led the viewer on tours of the incredible “stuff” of the uber-rich. There were unimaginable displays of excess like gold plated toilets and personal jets with full time crews. I had never seen anything like it before. It was remarkable to see the people spend money so lavishly. My Dad was in college at the time and we had to pinch pennies until they cried out in pain. It was so disconnected from my reality that it was like watching alien life forms. I was reminded of this sensation when I read the unbelievable details of President Obama’s trip to India.

The cost of the Obama trip is estimated at 200 million dollars a day. The budget includes 40 jets, 34 war ships, 400 cars, a presidential limousine, 800 rooms at the Taj Hotel and Hyatt, 3 helicopters, 3 luxury jets, an entourage of 800 personnel, Air Force One and the cost of coconut removal from the trees due to the potential hazard they cause to the president. Just in case you were wondering, the U.S. taxpayer is on the hook for tab.

The billion dollar price tag for this ten day trip begs the question of “Why?”. When asked about the reason for the president’s visit, Jeff Bader, Senior Director for Asia Affairs at the National Security Council for the White House said that Obama

specifically wanted to celebrate Diwali and to do so with the Indian people.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. It is interesting to note that the same White House so eager to celebrate the Diwali with Hindus in India, will not be wishing Americans a “Merry Christmas” but  “Season’s Greetings” on their CHRISTMAS cards this year. Personally, I find precious little to celebrate about the season of winter. So unless Obama is Lord Rama, one of the festivals celebrated gods, I see no reason for him to be there.

Is this the same president that railed against GM executives traveling aboard company jets to bailout meetings because of the cost? Am I the only one whose hypocrisy alarm is going off right now? Is it a coincidence or spit in our eyes, that the president embarks on his trip on the same day that the Federal Reserve will print up to 1 trillion dollars to buy some of the U.S.’ unprecedented debt? Could someone remind the White House and the Federal Reserve “Bank” about the fate of the Weimar Republic? This display of reckless, “fiddling while Rome burns” spending is almost enough to make Alex Jones look like a prophet. (I said ALMOST.)   While Obama takes off on his trip, the rest of us will be looking to the new crop of politicians to end the nightmare of wasteful government spending.

“Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” everyone!

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